Archive for February, 2014

This year the arts and leisure department of my local Council have commissioned me to run another guitar workshop (22nd /23rd March), under the aegis of Redbourn Folk Club, during the council’s ‘Music City’ week of cultural activities

A cut-down version of the one I did last year for them, it promised to be a fun couple of days… if anyone lives in the area and fancies coming, do get in touch – this year it’s completely free!

A flyer featuring the event can be downloaded from here, or more details on the week can be found here >>

Here is some blurb:

Acoustic Guitar Techniques workshop with Clive Batkin

A one day acoustic guitar taster workshop run by Clive Batkin in the Old School Room, behind the Hollybush pub, Church End, Redbourn, AL3 7DU*

The course will be run on each of the following days:
Saturday 22nd March: 10.30 – 4.30
Sunday 23rd March: 10.30 – 4.30

(Coffee and lunch are available from the bar at cost, but we recommend people bring their own as refreshments / food since the pub can be very busy (particularly at lunchtimes) and this impacts into the course time)

A one day course for beginners, intermediates and improvers to explore a wider range of acoustic guitar techniques. The course will focus on an overview of different techniques that can be applied to make your playing more interesting, help break out of ruts & plateaus in your practicing or move away from conventional ways of playing.

Everyone should have a basic grasp of their instrument. It is open to both plectrum and finger-style players** and does not require one to read music. The course may also be of interest to other stringed / fretted instruments such as mandolins / mandolas.

**Please note that although all the techniques covered can be played by finger-style players, the course does not focus on finger-picking techniques, patterns or ways of playing as specific topics.

Clive is an experienced player, perform and teacher, specialising in acoustic folk / roots music. As well as the acoustic guitar he also plays mandolin, the electric guitar and bass guitars, as well as home-made instruments such as his unique ‘harp guitar’.

Space is limited to 12 per day, so early booking is advised.

Please contact Clive directly with any queries, or to book a place on the course:
0777 1822414

* Please double check before coming on the course as the venue may be subject to change

See also: www.redbournfolkclub.org.uk

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Here are a couple of quick shots showing some more framed ‘Keep Calm’ posters (this time in modern looking black frames) before they go out the door…

A bit of lens correction aside, they look pretty sharp!

Steampunk 'Keep Calm' poster No.2

Steampunk ‘Keep Calm’ poster No.2

Steampunk 'Keep Calm' poster No.1

Steampunk ‘Keep Calm’ poster No.1

Do get in touch if you fancy one for your own home, office or studio….

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